What are my Options?
Landowners wishing to conserve their land in perpetuity have many options and our land protection specialist can work with you to choose the best option for fitting your goals.
Some of these options include:
Fee lands are lands that have been donated to a land trust or purchased by a land trust for permanent conservation. These lands are cared for by the land trust and protected forever. Landowners who donate their land to a land trust are entitled to an income tax deduction for the value of the property.
Conservation easements are another option for landowners who wish to permanently protect their land but also want to retain control and ownership of the property. Easements are an agreement between a landowner and a land trust that limits certain uses on all or part of a property. Each agreement is tailored to the goals of the individual landowner and the land trust. For example, an easement agreement may allow sustainable forestry on the property, but limit other practices. Another example would allow farming on a property, but forbid development. Depending on the circumstance, donation of a conservation easement can also have tax benefits for the landowner.